Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kind Butterfly


I'm a little bit in love with this card :)  This butterfly makes me happy.  I don't know if it's because it's so big and is a wonderful focal point for the card, or if it's because it's embossed-which I love, or if it's because it's water colored-which I love too, or maybe it's the awesome bright colors that I love!  Either way it's an amazing card.  The background is a mix of Kinda Eclectic and Gorgeous Grunge, both of which are my go to sets for backgrounds.  The greeting is embossed on vellum, because I wanted it to match the embossed butterfly, and because I really like embossing on vellum :)
For the butterfly, after I embossed it, I used my aqua painter and got it really wet.  Make sure you're doing this on watercolor paper!!!  Once the paper is wet all you have to do is drop in color and they blend and do their own thing all on it's own!  I started with Blackberry Bliss, then used Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Hello Honey.  I know these colors (perhaps with the exception of the Blackberry Bliss) look nothing like their original colors but that's because they've blended and mixed together.  I especially love the coraly/orangy  color that the Melon Mambo and Hello Honey created so pretty!!!!  Once it was dry (you can speed this step up with your heat tool) I cut out the butterfly and attached it to my card.  LOVELY!!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!! 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Make A Wish


I debated back and forth, back and forth, back and forth about sharing this card.  In person I LOVE IT!!!  It's bright and the texture is incredible!  In pictures it was imposible to capture it!  I started with a piece of black cardstock and stamped and embossed lots of different elements in different colors.  I tried photographing this one card a million different ways, nothing showed the colors well, so you'll just have to take my word :)  The Pool Party and Blushing Bride embossing powders look A-MA-ZING on the black cardstock.  That pop of color really makes a difference.  Then I tried the Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!!  It's wonderful!!!!
Finally the only picture that showed the colors (especially the Pool Party) was with the flash.  I really don't like using my flash I prefer natural light, which is usually abunant in New Mexico :)  I finally decided to share it because I love it!!!  Lot's of embossing and lot's of color but it's so fun!!!!  I stamped and embossed each color one at a time.  That worked best and I didn't end up mixing embossing powders that way.  I hope you try this color combo with your embossing powders.  It's really amazing in real life! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon! 




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grateful For Feathers


There's a lot, A LOT, of sets in the Holiday that I'm loving, this one, Four Feathers, is my current favorite!!!  The feathers are so fun to play with, and if you're hopping around Stampin' Up! blogs or if you're on Pintrest chances are you've seen at least a handful of cards using this set, probably even more!  This card is super simple, it would be great in a class.  I stamped 3 of the feathers in each of the colors Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  Then I stamped the greeting, from For All Things, in Versa mark and embossed it in gold. 
To bring out more of the gold I stapled some sequins to the top of the card.  Here's a trick to keep those sequins from falling off once you cut them.  If you have this spool of gold sequin ribbon you know what I'm talking about.  Use your Crystal Effects and put a small dot on the thread and the last sequin.  When the Crystal Effects dries, nothing is moving!  Plus it dries clear and shiny so you'll never know it's there!  I added some Blackberry Bliss ribbon just to finish things off.  Finally I thought it needed a little more shine so I sprayed it gently with some Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  Done!!  So pretty!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Santa-tizer


Tis the season....for getting sick!  Yes indeed the kids are back in school, everyone is stuck in a confined germ breading/sharing/spreading box for 6 hours a day.  As much as I try to enforce the washing hands thing, Logan's a boy and well sometimes he doesn't even notice the dirt on his hands much less icky, blucky, nasty germs he can't see!  Can you tell I'm anti-germ?  I know it's only going to get worse too as the days get colder, it's ineveitable! UGH!!! OK, I think that's probably enough of my ranting about our germs :)  This cute Santa-tizer might help scare away some of those germs!  If not at least it's CUTE!!!! I saw a larger bottle on Pintrest that was wrapped to look like Santa's belt, but I loved the tag on it: 
'Hand Santa-tizer
Santa tested. Elf Approved."

So cute!!!  I had to have that mine!!  The greeting was just printed on white cardstock on my printer.  Santa is stamped in Versa Mark and embossed in Black Embossing Powder on Watercolor paper.  Then I used my markers (Real Red, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride) to color him, along with my aqua painter.  I got my measurements for this holder from Jill, here.  Why reinvent the wheel, it's all done!  The only thing I would change is I would use a 1 inch circle punch opposed to the 3/4 inch.  The 3/4 inch works but it's a tight fit :)  I stuck a small bottle of hand sanitizer that I got at Bath and Body Works.  Their bottles are the perfect size!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's A Punch Art Party

I'm so stinkin' excited about my Punch Art Class coming up.  I have 3 of the cards planned and they're flippin' CUTE!!!! Probably some of my favorite punch art EVER!!!  My blog today is sneak peeks from those three cards.  Here's more details on my class.  If you're local (Albuquerque area) please consider coming, the cards will be soooooo fun!!!  Enjoy the sneak peeks!!! 
PUNCH ART PARTY
Saturday, September 27 9:30am
St. John's Cathedral, 318 Silver SW on the corner of 3rd and Silver in downtown ABQ.
Make 4 cards with amazing punch art creations! This class is free with a $35 class order or $20. Last day to RSVP is September 24, 2014. I'm so excited!! Hope you can come!!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Swaps!

Well it's been a week since our meeting and I'm finally posting the swaps.  This months swap was a shoebox swap, that means you make one card for an example then bring all the supplies for everyone else to make your card.  It's such a fun night of stamping and laughing, lots of laughing.  This month only a few of us were able to come but the cards were great and the company great too!!!!  This months theme was the Holiday Catalog

This is Dana's card.  I love the use of the washi tape on this card.  So fun!!  We used the baby wipe technique to stamp the 'thanks'.

This is the front of Karen's card.  Karen's cards are always amazing!  She used the small note cards and we stuck them to the front of a standard size cards.  So it's really 2 cards :)  Thanks to Karen I ended up buying the new stapler in the Holiday Catalog 2 days later!  It's ok I LOVED it and I needed a stapler :) 

Here's the inside of the note card, don't you wish your closet was that organized :)

Finally, the inside of the standard size card.  So cute Karen!!!  I love it!!!! 

This was Amber's card.  I love that she took a Christmas stamp and made it an all occasion stamp!  Great idea!!!!  We used markers to color the trees. 

Cassie's card is next.  I love the gold embossing, you know me I'm currently overly obsessed with embossing!  This card is so sweet!  Recognize those trees, it's the same stamp Amber used! 
 

 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You're A Star!


I'm an avid cardmaker, no huge shocker there.  You probably wouldn't be here if you didn't know that, however, although I make cards like a crazy card person I'm really bad.....horrible.....really horrible at mailing them.  Every year I say "This year I'm going to mail more cards....."  Guess how that goes?  This year was no exception, many cards never got in the mail.  This one I did manage to send.....over a month late :/  BUT I sent it!  It's progress, not huge progress, but progress and I'm happy with that! 
I saw a card similar to this on Pintrest.  They used a balloon die and hearts.  We'll I don't have a balloon die (though SU that would really be cute!!!) and I wanted to use stars instead.  I used my oval framelits to cut an oval in the corner then I used my small heart punch from the Itty Bitty Essentials and made the bottom of the balloon.  Super cute!!!!  I filled the balloon with stars from the same punch pack.  Super super cute!!!!  Of course no card is complete until it has glitter or shine, so the stars are all covered in a thin layer of Crystal Effects.  These colors are so fun together, I'm not a huge fan of 3 of them but together they all work.  I used Pear Pizzaz, Calypso Coral, Rose Red, Crushed Curry.  Any thoughts to which 3 I'm not a fan of using?????? 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blendabilities Class


Over the weekend I had a Blendabilities Class. This was a smaller class than usual, just those who really wanted to learn about Blendabilities.  Everyone at the class received a package of markers-their color choice, and a stamp set (one of the three you'll see today) again their choice.  I also included a Memento pad for them.  I started the class with talking about our markers, what you can do with them, what you can't, etc.  Then I showed them a few short demonstrations on how to use them and blend them.  The rest of the class they colored.  They all got to make one make and take and take home lots of colored pieces to use on other cards.  These are the cards they got to make, depending on which stamp they choose. 
The cards are all pretty similar, they have the same layout and use the same supplies, they're just all set up a little different.  I included rhinestones for everyone that they could color with their Blendabilities.  I think that was one of the most exciting things they learned was that you can color your accessories to match!!  I know that's one of the things I love most! 
This class was so much fun, we all sat around and colored and chatted.  It was very relaxed and I loved seeing every one's creations.  Thinking back I should have taken my camera.  Everyone did a great job coloring and blending.  I think once you use the markers they really sell themselves.  They're so much fun.  If you haven't tried them yet, go get a package and try it.  You'll love it!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Here For You


First of all, I must apologize for the bad pictures today.  These pictures were taken early one morning.  The card was made the night before, too dark to take pictures but it had to be mailed the next day.  So pictures were taken early, in the wrong camera setting...thanks kids :( So not only are they a little blurry but they're also color washed.  UGH!  So my apologies.  But I loved this idea and I still wanted to share it.  This card was made for my friend who recently lost her father, sympathy cards are THE HARDEST cards to make!  I don't even keep a stock of them, though thankfully {knocking on wood} I don't have to make very many of them. 
This card is colored with the markers, I used Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, So Saffron Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding and Pear Pizazz.  I pulled out my Apothecary Art stamp set, it's a great one for beautiful cards.  I also used my matching framelits.  To add some shine to this card I used Crystal Effects over all the flowers.  It gives them a wonderful glossy look. 
I love this card because it's a card in a card.  Gotta love that!  The outside is Pistachio Pudding with frame cut of the front.  The stamping is all adhered to the inside card, which the outside frames nicely.  I have lots to share this week, I have our swaps from last week and my samples from my Blendabilities class over the weekend.  Check back all week!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Punch Art, It's Back!


Not that punch art ever really leaves my life, but I feel like it's been a while since I've put tiny punched pieces together to form one fantastic piece :)  I have a punch class coming up soon (more details below).  I don't know why but I always feel that my punch classes take more prep time than any other class (with the exception of my Christmas Stamp a Stack).  I normally start figuring out my cards for my punch class weeks in advance.  This card, though stinkin' cute won't be featured at my class.  There's not a lot of tips and tricks for this card.  I saw this card made by Steffi from, I'm guessing based on the language of the blog, Germany.  Her card was perfect and I had to recreate it! 
The bird and branches are obviously from the Builder Bird Punch.  I used the heart from the Itty Bitty Essentials pack.  And for the bird house, it's a 1 1/4 square piece in white for the bottom, and the same size in chocolate chip for the top.  I used my Scallop Border punch to add that edge.    I'm so excited about my class.  If you're local (Albuquerque area) please consider coming, the cards will be soooooo fun!!!  Here's all the details!
PUNCH ART PARTY
Saturday, September 27 9:30am
St. John's Cathedral, 318 Silver SW on the corner of 3rd and Silver in downtown ABQ. 
Make 4 cards with amazing punch art creations! This class is free with a $35 class order or $20. Last day to RSVP is September 24, 2014.  I'm so excited!!  Hope you can come!!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!